Creating a website is much more than some local designer sitting at her computer and hammering out code till it looks like a bunch of colorful boxes with a logo. Your website designer needs to know how to wield a number of different tools before they can deliver a completed website that will add value and lead to a successful rollout of your website.
Just how complicated your website is going to be depends on what your competition is doing with their website. A competitive analysis of your top competition is the first step in any competent website creation process.
Once you know your competitors ranking and strategy you’ll have a clearer idea of what level of effort and cost needs to go into your newly minted or freshly updated website.@ Organic Hat
This knowledge allows you to catch-up & move ahead of your competitors. There’s no need to be afraid of doing a web audit of your nearest competition, it’s neither time-consuming nor expensive but without it you risk wasting both time and money.
You may not be ready for an audit of your competitors websites because you are not quite sure if you even need a website. If you’re like many small business owners you’ve either passed on building a website or only have a one page brochure website. And for that reason we put together an infographic and a page full of information to address your questions. Click the banner below to get your questions and concerns answered.
A More In Depth Look At Web Design
The competent person behind today’s web design has a broad set of skills and a deep understanding of how best to get the production rolling and once the site is completed how to maintain your website.
Web Design includes skill in UID (user Interface design), copy-writing, SEO (search engine optimization), graphic design, domain name selection, and more. If your designer does not have the expertise or skills needed they will know just who to call to bring them aboard, to create the complete website design team.
Web design is a bit like putting together a puzzle of many pieces. The team needs to take into account the many different types of computers and web browsers that will be used by your customers to access your new website. It’s important that everyone coming to your website has a rich and error free experience and that they find what they are looking for quickly. Seven seconds is all the time the user takes to decide if they want to stay on your website or leave for greener pastures. Your team needs to take both time and visual cues into account as they design your site.
First and foremost you want the website to encourage interactivity from the user. Your website should entice users to view many pages before they decide if they want to call or visit.@ Organic Hat
The main job of a website is to be a container of information about your business or nonprofit, presenting information that engages your users. No matter what your site contains you want the user to feel that their questions have been answered and then to take action and contact or visit you.
Once your web designer and you have settled on the graphical look and feel of the site then all the heavy lifting in the backend can start to come together. Many things like color in web design outside of pictures resides in something called CSS or Cascading Style Sheets, this is a listing that tells browsers how to render fonts, margins, links, passing, paragraphs, colo and anything much more. The CSS sheet is separate from the structure markup and this makes it easier to tweak and faster to load. You can read more about CSS here: Understanding CSS & Tables in Web Design
Why Can’t It All Just Work?
Another set of dilemmas is making sure your website is seen and liked by the search engines. If you want people to visiting your website and buy your products and services you’ll want to show up on the first couple of pages in the search results. Google and Bing are the two heavyweights in the search arena at the moment but there are other search alternatives clawing their way toward the top. Your design team needs to build your web presence so that the search engines can understand what you are trying to say and if they understand you’ll have a chance of making it onto the first couple of pages of search results in your niche.
Part of the web design process includes helping you to decide what and how to own a domain name. This is important for a couple of reasons, first you want something memorable that your customers can easily refer back to, Second a well thought out name can in some insistence’s help with search engine rankings and get your more exposure.
Another very important part of the design process is understanding what is web hosting and how to go about choosing a hosting service that is just right for you. Cost, performance and reliability are all factors that need to be considered before you sign on the dotted line. Situating your website with a host service that can’t do the job makes even the best designed website just cry in the wilderness.
This is by no means the last word on web design but I hope it gives you some knowledge to take with you when you interview either a web firm or a single contractor for the important job of putting the face of your business onto the World Wide Web. For a few more ideas about the process and some easy to follow tips before starting take a look at Tips for Success in Building a Website. I think you just may find some things you can use and become even better prepared to hire just the right person to do the job… Good Luck.